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As we approach the ACA's third open enrollment, health insurance is still far from universal for some minority groups. One in five Hispanics were uninsured last year. And although coverage rates among African Americans have surged nationally, success has varied from state to state based on Medicaid expansion decisions and other factors.

MinorityHealthWebinar

Health Care Coverage

This webinar, hosted by Alliance for Health Reform with support from NIHCM Foundation, explored different scenarios affecting private insurance markets and consumers.

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Joel Ario, JD

In this essay, Joel Ario describes the current landscape for Section 1332 waivers and lays out ways states could use this mechanism to put their own stamp on health reform, particularly if the new administration relaxes the existing guidance.

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Women who are insured during pregnancy have better access to prenatal care and early screenings and are less likely to face preterm birth and low birth weight. These are good reasons to celebrate the recent coverage gains among women.

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As we approach the ACA's third open enrollment, health insurance is still far from universal for some minority groups. One in five Hispanics were uninsured last year. And although coverage rates among African Americans have surged nationally, success has varied from state to state based on Medicaid expansion decisions and other factors.

MinorityHealthWebinar

Nearly one million children gained health care coverage in 2014, and the extension of CHIP earlier this year preserved coverage for millions more. Yet there are still many challenges in keeping kids covered, including variations in state Medicaid policies and funding for CHIP beyond 2017.

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The Effect of Medicaid Premiums on Enrollment: A Regression Discontinuity Approach—Journal of Health Economics

Laura Dague has been awarded the 21st Annual Health Care Research Award for her paper “The Effect of Medicaid Premiums on Enrollment: A Regression Discontinuity Approach” published in the Journal of Health Economics, May 2014. This paper demonstrates that adopting even a small monthly premium of $10 in Medicaid can cause low-income families to drop out of the program.

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Sabrina Corlette, JD

This essay takes a look at developments in the small group market since the passage of the ACA and highlights several issues that could threaten the long-term viability of this market as implementation moves forward.

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Another high-stakes challenge to the ACA is headed to the Supreme Court, and this time it’s a question of statutory interpretation: does the law as written permit tax credits to be issued in states that aren’t running their own exchanges? At risk is affordable coverage in as many as 34 states where millions of exchange shoppers may have to decide whether to pay the full, unsubsidized premiums or go uncovered. 

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